NOTE: All the listed events are open to the public, although membership in some organizations may be required.
May 18: The CSRA Flyfishing Association, Savannah River Trout Unlimited Chapter 592, Federation of Fly Fishers affiliate No. 99653, will meet at The Clubhouse, Brandon-Wilde, 4275 Owens Road, Evans, Ga., 7:30 p.m. To reach the site, take Washington Road toward Evans and turn left at traffic light on Owens Road (just past Club Car entrance). Enter Brandon Wilde at lighted sign, follow the signs to the Clubhouse, which has columns on all four sides and sits beside a pond.
May 21: The Augusta-Aiken Audubon Society will meet at the Nancy Carson Library, 135 Edgefield Road, Belvedere, S.C., three miles south of Interstate 20, at 7 p.m. Two educational videos on endangered wood storks will be shown. More information: Carol Eldridge, president, 1 (803) 471-2821.
May 21: Columbia County chapter, Waterfowl U.S.A., will hold its annual fund-raising banquet at Savannah Rapids Pavilion. Tickets are $35 and include a year's subscription to Waterfowl magazine, a year's membership, dinner of Southern-fried quail, Cajun-styled quail, grits and biscuits, assortment of desserts and iced tea and one door prize entry. Raffle prizes include a 14-foot john boat with electric motor and battery, a black powder gun, blue fox fur coat, gas grill, 10x12 deck package plus other guns and framed prints. Auction items include a five-day, four-man Arkansas waterfowl hunt, two-man, three-day hunt at Heartland Lodge in Illinois. More information: Benjamin A. Bell, (706) 736-0066.
May 22-24: 39th annual Masters Water Ski Tournament, Callaway Gardens, Pine Mountain, Ga. Beach tickets $9 in advance, $12 at the gate, per person, per day. Children 6-11 $6 per child per day and children under 6 are free. Preferred Pavilion seating is $25 in advance or $32 at the gate. Three-day Preferred Pavilion Pass is $60 in advance or $85 at the gate. Tickets can be purchased by calling toll-free 1-800-806-2783.
May 23-24: Rocky Comfort Bowhunters' 7th annual Cottonmouth Classic. 40 MacKenzie targets, casual registration 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Must start by 10 a.m., if both rounds shot on Sunday. Registration fee $20. Three traditional classes: Men's longbow, recurve, women's. Shooters party Saturday night. Campers welcomed. More information: Rick at 1 (912) 625-7869, or 625-7665; Jim at (912) 625-7514, or Greg at (912) 364-8716.
June 1-Aug. 14: South Carolina Waterfowl Association's Camp Woodie, Wetland Wildlife Center, Lake Marion. For children 8-15 to learn waterfowl and wildlife conservation basics during week-long camps. Waterfowl identification, wingshooting, archery, boating, swimming and hands-on waterfowl programs. More information, Brad Jones, camp director, 1 (803) 452-6001.
June 5-7: National Wild Turkey Federation's Women in the Outdoors, NWTF Center, Highway 25 south of Edgefield, S.C. Basic courses in wild turkey hunting, camping, outdoor cooking, outdoor photography, archery and shooting. Weekend seminar costs $125 and includes food, lodging, instructors, equipment, a T-shirt and a year's NWTF membership. To register, or for more information, call the NWTF at 1 (803) 637-3106.
June 7: Fall Line Archery Club, Sandersville, Ga., 3-D Tournament, 20 targets. Range located at intersection of Highway 15North and Fall Line Freeway. Registration from noon until 2 p.m. Trophies will be given in following classes: Freestyle, bowhunter, novice, ladies, pee-wee, youth, cubs, traditional, limited. Concession stand open. 80-pound maximum draw weight and field glasses allowed. More information: Daryl Frost, 1 (912) 552-3597; Bill Black, (912) 348-4609; Bobby Hendricks, (912) 552-2651; Mark Harvey, (912) 552-8449.
June 27: Fall Line Archery Club's 3-D pop-up tournament. Details TBA.
July 19: Fall Line Archery Club, Sandersville, Ga., 3-D Tournament, 20 targets. Range located at intersection of Highway 15 North and Fall Line Freeway. Registration from noon until 2 p.m. Trophies will be given in following classes: Freestyle, bowhunter, novice, ladies, pee-wee, youth, cubs, traditional, limited. Concession stand open. 80-pound maximum draw weight and field glasses allowed. More information: Daryl Frost, 1 (912) 552-3597; Bill Black, (912) 348-4609; Bobby Hendricks, (912) 552-2651; Mark Harvey, (912) 552-8449.
July 20-24, July 27-31: Wildlife Heritage Skills Camp for youths 11-15, stresses history and heritage of waterfowling. Campers will hone their wingshooting skills with hour of daily instruction from Beretta shooting instructors. Experts Eli Haydel and Tim Grounds will teach finer points of calling and hunting ducks and geese. Chris Martin will help campers carve their own working decoy which is guaranteed to bring ducks in like a magnet and they can keep. Camp slots limited to first 64 registrants. More information: Brad Jones at 1 (803) 452-6001.
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